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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Eskdalemuir Harmonium

from Chris Dooks

University of the West of Scotland presents The Eskdalemuir Harmonium

Tuesday 11 December 2012
5:30pm : FREE (ticketed)
Ages: all
Call the CCA Box Office on 0141 352 4900
The Eskdalemuir Harmonium is a site-specific album orientated around a dying American harmonium - currently disintegrating in a farmhouse near Lockerbie.

In this landscape, home to a vast Tibetan Buddhist temple and megalithic stone circles, artist and musician
Chris Dooks has been making pilgrimages to the site, and collaborating virtually with Rotterdam based Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuyderveldt). The resulting album and supplementary digital package is a fusion of ‘folktronica-concrète’ replete with field recordings and a radio documentary. The package forms part of an ongoing investigation of how chronically ill individuals may benefit from working with equally collapsing instruments.

This is an essential presentation for vinyl enthusiasts. The album, made over a twelve-month period, includes an essay and photographs of the year-long process and each vinyl bought comes with an expanded sister EP entitled
Non-Linear Responses of Self-Excited Harmoniums. The record itself is lovingly pressed on bright red vinyl and is released by Toronto’s Komino Records, and copies should be available on the night.

Much as one visits a sick relative in a care home, The Eskdalemuir Harmonium is a form of ‘sonic palliative care’ forming a third of Chris Dooks’ ongoing PhD. Hear him explain how this fits into his vision of ‘idioholism’ with excerpts from parts two and three of the trilogy.

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